Legislation cracking down on international wildlife trafficking and supporting park rangers in Africa sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday with strong bipartisan support. Putting wildlife trafficking crimes on par with gun and drug trafficking, the bill would also allow the government to put much greater pressure on nations where poaching is rampant. It also provides support for front-line rangers to prevent poaching in African nations.
You can call on your senators to support the Global Anti-Poaching Act as it moves to the U.S. Senate next.
Easy link to find your senators’ phone numbers.
Read more at Defenders of Wildlife.
The Peninsula Open Space Trust is working with a really great organization called Rediscovering Horses to restore habitat and reduce wildfire risk, while providing a healthy life for unwanted horses. Capitalizing on horses’ natural herding instinct, land managers can direct them with movable fencing to graze on overgrown or poor-quality range.
By eating up invasive species or overgrown brush, the horse herds participate in ecological restoration. Unlike cattle, horses have evolved to eat and thrive on what might be considered “low-quality” forage, like weedy or woody plants. It’s a win-win!
Read more at the Peninsula Open Space Trust website here.
Wow! Smart policies do pay off. As many of you know, the Amazon rainforest could be considered the “lungs of the Earth.” We really do need these and other large forests to keep our air breathable, clean, and cool. Thank you to the nation of Brazil for this incredible work.
Strategies included protecting half of the nation’s Amazon acreage as national parks and enforcing laws against illegal logging and burning. Inspired by Brazil’s progress, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged $618 million to the nation, mostly earmarked for rainforest protection.
Read more at the Christian Science Monitor here.
The pod of endangered orcas in the Puget Sound off the Washington coast have welcomed their sixth infant this year. The baby whale was born to a 38-year-old mother. This brings their population to 82 whales.
Several more of the orcas appear to be pregnant.
Read more at The Guardian
The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently acquired a 690-acre parcel west of Joshua Tree National Park. Known as Quail Wash, the property is slated for restoration work, followed by donation to the Park.
Joshua tree ecosystems are threatened by development, particularly for energy projects. This parcel protects a critical wildlife passage corridor, as well as important habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, whose habitat is rapidly being lost to development.
A great win for conservation! Thanks to the Land Trust Alliance for the story.
Read the San Bernardino Sun article here
” ‘For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped millions of Americans in every corner of the nation get outdoors and enjoy open spaces in their local communities and in our national parks,’ said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. ‘We are grateful to the many Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill who are fighting to save this program, and we applaud President Obama for reiterating his support.
A clean, healthy environment is an issue that we should be able to agree on. LWCF keeps our outdoors accessible and magical—counting midnight stars, hearing a coyote howl or paddling a quiet river—these are experiences Americans yearn for that we owe our current and future generations.
Americans deserve real conservation leadership which means doing the right thing today so our grandchildren don’t have to suffer from smoggy air, polluted waterways and landscapes devoid of wildlife.’ ”
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